THE PRO-ATHLETE DIET ! 5 DIETING TIPS FOR THE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE 1. Mind your greens. For athletes the focus is almost always on carbs andprotein.Oneprovides the fuel,and theotherprovides therestorative power to heal our muscles and keep us training at a high level. Protein and carbs are important, but so are the minerals and vitamins that facilitate their delivery and help to process them. Eat vegetables at every major meal, and try layering your vegetables. Have two or three different veggies at a time. 2. Crush some berries to boost recovery. Want an easy way to reduce soreness? Accelerate your recovery efforts between sessions in the gym by crushing some blueberries. Eat 1-2 cups of berries a day to take advantage of these benefits. 3. Use protein as the anchor for your meals. The list of benefits of getting your protein in are substantial and are a bedrock part of the high performance athlete’s diet. Adequate protein intake maintains muscle, improves recovery, might improve cognition and sleep. 4. Take advantage of sleep to increase recovery. Help charge the recovery process overnight by consuming some pre-bed, slow digesting protein. These protein sources before bed will turn what is an otherwise catabolic 8 hours into productive recovery, repair and growth. 5. Prep your meals. Periodization and preparation is everything when it comes to athletic training. Have your meals ready before you stumble in the door after a day of crushing workouts. Planning and prepping your meals ahead of time insures that you are making better choices. After a long day of up to 6 hours in the pool and the gym, the last thing you want to do is prepare a meal. Don’t let the convenience of less healthy options almost always won out.
MEET THE STAFF
DAVE GIARDINA is licensed by the Louisiana. Board of Physical TherapyExaminersasaphysicaltherapistassistantandalsocertified bytheNationalAthleticTrainers’Associationasanathletictrainer.Dave was the first athletic trainer to be licensed in the state of Louisiana and is also a member of the Louisiana Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame. Dave has been involved in physical therapy and athletic training for 45 years. He is the former director of sports medicine for St. Bernard parish schools serving for 30 years. He was also the owner and CEO of Metro Physical Therapy in Chalmette for 20 years until Hurricane Katrina devastated the parish. Dave brings experience in orthopedic and sports medicine while rehabilitating professional, Olympic, collegiate and high school athletes during his tenure. Dave specializes in rehabilitation of foot, knee and shoulder conditions but enjoys strength and sport re-entry conditioning as well.
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WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING!
“AFTERAYEAROF PT THATWAS FUNANDCHALLENGING, I WAS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER!” “To my Renew family: When I was a junior in high school, I tore my ACL before the beginning of my high school volleyball season. At the time, I was devastated to have lost an entire year of doing what I love most. But from the minute I walked into Renew, I knew it was going to be okay. They pushed me so that I could get back to where I was, if not stronger, faster, and better prepared. I was usually the sweatiest patient in there because the “easy” exercises they would give me were definitely not that. After a year of PT that was fun and challenging, I was back and better than ever. I won my school’s first ever state championship and received a scholarship to play at the next level. I owe it all to my Renew family, and couldn’t be happier with my PT experience!” -Mikayla
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